Fact check: Trump falsely claims 'redemption money' from immigrants is paying for border wall, baffling experts - 2020-02-12
Trump ran for the presidency on a signature promise to make Mexico pay for a giant wall on its own border. Mexico has not paid. But Trump insisted at campaign rallies in January that, at some point in the future, people would learn how Mexico has indeed been paying.
At a rally in New Hampshire on Monday, he offered something resembling an explanation.
"You do know who's paying for the wall, don't you? Redemption. From illegal aliens that are coming in," he said . "The redemption money is paying for the wall."
Facts First: Experts on immigration policy told CNN they had no idea what the term "redemption money" means. Trump is paying for the wall with a combination of US taxpayer money Congress has allocated to the project and funding he is diverting from the military.